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Causes of Breast Cancer
Early Detection of Breast Cancer
Mammogram Information
Paying for Breast Exam Screening
Signs and Symptoms of Breast Cancer
Recommendations for People Who Do Not Have Breast Cancer

Signs and Symptoms of Breast Cancer

 

Mammograms do not find every breast cancer because mammograms  even under ideal conditions mammograms do not find every breast cancer. The most common sign of 

breast cancer is a new lump or mass. A mass that is painless, hard, and has irregular edges is more likely to be cancerous, but breast cancers can be tender, soft, or rounded. For this reason, it is important that any new mass, lump, or breast change is checked by a health care professional with experience in diagnosing breast diseases.

Other possible signs of breast cancer include:

  • swelling of all or part of a breast (even if no distinct lump is felt)
  • skin irritation or dimpling
  • breast or nipple pain
  • nipple retraction (turning inward)
  • redness, scaliness, or thickening of the nipple or breast skin
  • a nipple discharge other than breast milk

Sometimes a breast cancer can spread to underarm lymph nodes and cause a lump or swelling there, even before the original tumor in the breast tissue is large enough to be felt. Swollen lymph nodes should also be reported to your doctor.

 

Source: American Cancer Society


Note: Some statements in this article may not be approved by the FDA. This article is for informational purposes only and should not be taken as professional medical advice.

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